The State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a bill that prohibits extradition of foreign citizens and stateless persons at the request of foreign states if they would face political persecution there. This is reported by BBC.
"Now a citizen can be extradited to a foreign state if he has been sentenced to imprisonment for more than six months, and also if he has committed a crime punishable by more than one year and with a guarantee that he will not be extradited to a third country. If the bill is adopted, then the authorities will not be able to extradite citizens who have already been convicted in Russia or, on the contrary, released under an amnesty," the statement said.
A person will not be extradited to another country if there are serious grounds for believing that he will be tortured in the requesting state.
Documentary evidence of such threats will be the conclusion of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the situation with observance of human rights and freedoms in the requesting state, as well as documents adopted in relation to such state by international bodies and organizations.